The National Touch League Comes of Age!

first_imgAustralia’s best Touch Footballers will converge onto C.ex Coffs International Stadium in Coffs Harbour this week to compete for the event’s 21st birthday milestone:  the 2017 Touch Football Australia National Touch League (NTL).This year, the NTL will celebrate it’s ’coming of age’ with the tournament showcasing the best athletes across the elite and open/senior age divisions. “We welcome along with our valued event partners, Destination NSW and Coffs Coast Council all participants and officials to the beautiful Coffs Coast region; whether it’s for the first time or like many competitors this week,  several visits or even a 21st anniversary,” TFA CEO, Com Maguire said. The event will feature 122 teams spanning the breadth of the country across 15 divisions, all striving for national championships honors; commencing on Wednesday, 8 March through to finals day on Saturday, 11 March. The Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011 and which is now in its sixth instalment, will feature the best-of-the-best Men’s and Women’s players in Australia.  The Elite Eight Series features eight teams in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions vying for respective national titles: four teams from New South Wales (Scorpions, Country Mavericks, Mets and Rebels); three from Queensland (Titans, Broncos and Cowboys); and one from the rest of Australia (the Alliance).“Personally, the NTL has meant so much to me either as a player, coach and ultimately an administrator of the game. I recall the hype that came with the decision to move to such a format back in the mid-90’s and what it meant for me as I took the field in Wagga or for the Riverina at the Elite level,” Maguire reflected.  The NTL is back again its original home, Coffs Harbour. Coffs Harbour previously hosted the event from its inception in 1997 through to 2008, with the venue set to host the next two NTL events;  this and next year. ‘The vast majority of our NTL history has been right here in Coffs and we thank not only the local Council and taff for their ongoing support, but also the NSW Government through Destination NSW for assisting our sport to thrive in this wonderful part of the world,”Maguire added.Participants from all states and territories in Australia will compete in the event. Approximately 2,000 participants will compete, with divisions ranging from T League (teams with a combination of up to 10 under 20’s players and six over 20’s players) through to Men’s 55’s.This year’s 21st birthday celebrations will finish with a literal ’bang’ ith a fireworks display ready to go following the Men’s Open final on Saturday evening.   All games played on field 1 will be livestreamed here.Head to our official NTL website at www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter to stay in touch with all the results, news and reviews throughout the week.  For further information, or to arrange an interview or photograph, please contact:  Felicity WilsonMedia and Communications ManagerTouch Football Australiafelicity.wilson@touchfootball.com.auRelated Links2017 NTLlast_img